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OnBaseMachine
04-21-2009, 12:58 PM
Louisville - 6:05 - RHP Homer Bailey

Carolina - 7:15 - LHP Travis Wood

Sarasota - 7:05 - LHP Travis Webb

Dayton - 7:00 - LHP Matt Fairel

Scrap Irony
04-21-2009, 01:06 PM
Can a third start in a minor league season be any bigger than Bailey's tonight? Too, on another note, Travis Wood's recent surge toward respectability may be important to follow as well. Perhaps last night's onslaught will ignite the Carolina offense. And Soto's perfect 4-4 will have to double to get him an acceptable BA.

Grande Donkey
04-21-2009, 06:27 PM
Walk, DP, FO in the First for Bailey.

Grande Donkey
04-21-2009, 06:47 PM
Walk to Laporta, Single, K, K, RBI single, and a GO to end the inning for Bailey.

Benihana
04-21-2009, 07:07 PM
1 ER, 2 hits and 2 BBs through 2? Here we go...

OnBaseMachine
04-21-2009, 07:10 PM
Homer showed great control in spring training and carried it over in his first start of the season, but it's abandoned him in his last two starts.

GOYA
04-21-2009, 07:10 PM
Opponents are stealing bases against the Bats at a 94% success rate.

OnBaseMachine
04-21-2009, 07:11 PM
Bailey: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 K

Two of the walks are to Matt LaPorta.

Grande Donkey
04-21-2009, 07:13 PM
Line out, single, out, walk, K.

Grande Donkey
04-21-2009, 07:13 PM
Bailey: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 K

Two of the walks are to Matt LaPorta.

Which is probably a good thing.

Grande Donkey
04-21-2009, 07:15 PM
Homer: 61 pitches after 3.

thorn
04-21-2009, 07:17 PM
Homer: 61 pitches after 3.

Which is probably not a good thing.

OnBaseMachine
04-21-2009, 07:18 PM
Impressive first inning by Matt Fairel as he struckout all three batters he faced.

OnBaseMachine
04-21-2009, 07:20 PM
David Sappelt led off the bottom of the first inning with a triple but was stranded. No score after one inning.

OnBaseMachine
04-21-2009, 07:22 PM
Travis Wood threw a 1-2-3 first inning.

OnBaseMachine
04-21-2009, 07:25 PM
Bailey: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 71 pitches.

OnBaseMachine
04-21-2009, 07:27 PM
Sarasota put up a three spot in the first inning.

Reed walked
Kahaulelio was HBP
Alonso doubled in two runs
Soto reached on an error
Buchholz was HBP
Mesoraco walked with the bases loaded to drive in a run

The next three batters made outs.

Alonso is starting to heat up.

dougdirt
04-21-2009, 07:30 PM
Daryl Thompson starts for Louisville tomorrow. Wonder who goes where to make room for him?

OnBaseMachine
04-21-2009, 07:31 PM
Daryl Thompson starts for Louisville tomorrow. Wonder who goes where to make room for him?

Good to hear. Now hopefully Lotzkar and Sulbaran join Dayton soon.

OnBaseMachine
04-21-2009, 07:35 PM
Matt Fairel is off to a dominating start tonight. He struckout the first five batters he faced and six of the first seven.

3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K

dougdirt
04-21-2009, 07:36 PM
What has gotten into Matt Fairel?

dougdirt
04-21-2009, 07:37 PM
Yonder Alonso with another double, now 2-2 with 2 doubles.

OnBaseMachine
04-21-2009, 07:39 PM
Craig Tatum ties the Louisville game up at 1-1 with a RBI double. Dorn was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

Benihana
04-21-2009, 07:47 PM
Yonder Alonso with another double, now 2-2 with 2 doubles.

Good, I'd like to see him in Carolina by June 1.

OnBaseMachine
04-21-2009, 07:48 PM
Wood: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Carolina is winning 1-0 after 2 1/2.

OnBaseMachine
04-21-2009, 07:52 PM
Bailey: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 88 pitches.

All six hits have been singles.

dougdirt
04-21-2009, 07:54 PM
Dave Sappelt is now 2-2 with a triple and an RBI. Brown, Day and Sosa followed with two singles and a double. Dayton up 4-0.

dougdirt
04-21-2009, 07:57 PM
Devin Mesoraco with an RBI double for Sarasota. He is now 1-1 with a double and a walk. Sarasota is up 3-0.

dougdirt
04-21-2009, 08:00 PM
Louisville takes a 3-2 lead here in the 6th inning.

Benihana
04-21-2009, 08:00 PM
Bailey: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 88 pitches.

All six hits have been singles.

Problem with Homer is I think we're past the point of getting excited when he puts up "lucky" numbers in the minors. If he's still allowing 9 baserunners while striking out only 3 in 5 innings of work, he hasn't really succeeded.

HokieRed
04-21-2009, 08:02 PM
What's the book on Justin Mallett? He just seems to keep hanging around. They must see him as possible relief help. I ask in regard to Thompson's move to active at L'ville. Might think Kennard, Pettyjohn, or Mallett would go, with Jukich or Lecure going to the pen or maybe doing some 4-4 splits for a while till things sort out.

JaxRed
04-21-2009, 08:02 PM
Nice to hear some good results for a change throughout the system.

OnBaseMachine
04-21-2009, 08:09 PM
Fairel struckout the side again in the fourth inning, though he did give up a run.

4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 K

dougdirt
04-21-2009, 08:10 PM
Ben Jukich will be going to the bullpen to make room for Thompson in the bullpen.

OnBaseMachine
04-21-2009, 08:11 PM
Wood: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K

OnBaseMachine
04-21-2009, 08:12 PM
Alonso just hit a 2-run homer. He's 3-for-3 tonight with two doubles, a HR (#2), and 4 RBI.

OnBaseMachine
04-21-2009, 08:14 PM
Bailey: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 3 K, 102 pitches.

JaxRed
04-21-2009, 08:20 PM
I thought Jukich or LeCure would go back to AA. But if Jukich is going to bullpen, makes me think someone like Kennard is in danger of release.

OnBaseMachine
04-21-2009, 08:20 PM
Wood: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K

GOYA
04-21-2009, 08:25 PM
Pettyjohn with a perfect 7th inning on 7 pitches.

dougdirt
04-21-2009, 08:30 PM
Dayton's offense seems to be coming around tonight. Maybe all they needed was some home cooking?

OnBaseMachine
04-21-2009, 08:31 PM
Fairel: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 K

Travis Wood has retired the first two in the 6th inning.

OnBaseMachine
04-21-2009, 08:33 PM
Wood throws a 1-2-3 6th inning.

6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K

GOYA
04-21-2009, 08:36 PM
Jay Bruce with a HR against the Cubbies.

Bats top of the 8th:

Valaika reached on an E
Rosales grounds into DP
Barker Ks

GOYA
04-21-2009, 08:44 PM
Pettyjohn gets through the 8th after Rosales had a two base throwing error.

2 IP
0 H
1 K

edit: they changed the scoring decision:

2 errors on Rosales, 1 fielding and 1 throwing

dougdirt
04-21-2009, 08:46 PM
Thats 12 strikeouts for Matt Fairel through 6.

OnBaseMachine
04-21-2009, 08:47 PM
Travis Wood retires the first batter in the 7th before losing the no-hitter on a single.

dougdirt
04-21-2009, 08:47 PM
OBM types faster than I do tonight.

OnBaseMachine
04-21-2009, 08:48 PM
What a performance by Fairel.

6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 12 K

Benihana
04-21-2009, 08:49 PM
What is the story with Fairel?

OnBaseMachine
04-21-2009, 08:59 PM
Wood's final line: 6.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

dougdirt
04-21-2009, 08:59 PM
Travis Wood is now on the hook for the loss in the game after allowing 1 hit and 3 walks in 6.2 innings. He left two runners on and an error led to both runs coming across the plate.

OnBaseMachine
04-21-2009, 09:02 PM
Andrew Bowman threw a 1-2-3 7th inning with 2 K's in relief of Fairel. Dayton pitchers have 14 K's in 7 innings tonight.

GOYA
04-21-2009, 09:05 PM
Bats win their 4th in a row, 3-2

WP - Bailey
Save - Manuel

OnBaseMachine
04-21-2009, 09:07 PM
Frazier is 2-for-3 with a double.

dougdirt
04-21-2009, 09:18 PM
Dayton now up 6-3 after Andrew Bowman has allowed 2 runs (not sure if both are earned).

OnBaseMachine
04-21-2009, 09:39 PM
Carolina lost 2-1.

Heisey: 1-for-4 SB
Cozart: 0-for-4
Francisco: 0-for-4
Frazier: 2-for-3 double, walk

Wood: 6.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Lutz: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Watson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

dougdirt
04-21-2009, 09:45 PM
Carolina lost 2-1.

Heisey: 1-for-4 SB
Cozart: 0-for-4
Francisco: 0-for-4
Frazier: 2-for-3 double, walk

Wood: 6.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Lutz: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Watson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Travis Wood got the loss. Just a dirty way to end that one....

Benihana
04-21-2009, 09:45 PM
Francisco is ice cold. Maybe now is as good a time as ever to send him to Instructional League to begin working behind the plate? It could also be Frazier's ticket back to 3B, although the way things are going, he could be in Louisville with Rosales in Cincy by Memorial Day.

dougdirt
04-21-2009, 09:47 PM
Dayton up 6-5 with the tying run on 3rd base with 2 outs....

dougdirt
04-21-2009, 09:48 PM
Francisco is ice cold. Maybe now is as good a time as ever to send him to Instructional League to begin working behind the plate? It could also be Frazier's ticket back to 3B, although the way things are going, he could be in Louisville with Rosales in Cincy by Memorial Day.

Never going to happen. Francisco is a third baseman to the Reds.

dougdirt
04-21-2009, 09:58 PM
Dayton coming up for the bottom of the 9th trailing by 1. What a waste of a great start by Fairel.

BoydsOfSummer
04-21-2009, 10:01 PM
A couple bad-ass pitching performances. Nice!

dougdirt
04-21-2009, 10:03 PM
Dayton loses after leading 6-1 heading into the 8th.

dougdirt
04-21-2009, 10:09 PM
Sarasota won 7-5.

HBP
04-21-2009, 10:17 PM
Wow, when's the last time a minors SP had 12 K's in a game? Cueto maybe?

Benihana
04-21-2009, 10:35 PM
Never going to happen. Francisco is a third baseman to the Reds.

I know, it's just my own wishful thinking

OnBaseMachine
04-21-2009, 11:08 PM
Alonso finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, a homer (#2), a walk, and 4 RBI. He's now up to .250/.327/.477 - .804 after getting off to a slow start.

SirFelixCat
04-21-2009, 11:52 PM
After a rough start, I think Homer settled down nicely. Seeing as all the hits off him were singles, maybe they weren't hitting him too hard?

Regardless, I nice "W" for him and a pretty nice showing by a lot of the youngsters tonight! :thumbup:

icehole3
04-22-2009, 03:49 AM
I agree with Cat, wasnt that team he faced a good hittting team?

mth123
04-22-2009, 07:22 AM
Nice night for the organization even if they didn't win them all and took a lot of o'fers.

Fairel and Wood were studly, Homer came back and settled down. Alonso with a big night. Frazier with a couple hits. Justin Reed with a good game. Sean Watson and Adam Pettyjohn looking good in relief. Sappelt continues to hit.

Wood, Reed and Watson all are off to good starts and may be climbing their ways back into being considered prospects again. The organization seems to have enough depth all around to part with a guy or two to get some help and these guys make them even deeper if they can keep it going.

With Bray hurting, Rhodes being worked to death and Herrera too unconventional to be a loogy, their may be a role for a guy like Pettyjohn to eat some innngs from the left side in the Reds pen. The Reds have lots of younger talent and it would seem that there soon won't be room for Pettyjohn as other guys start getting healthy and moving up, but he's actually a guy they may want to keep around. The way its going, the pen is going to need some help come June or so and he could provide a mid-season boost without altering the plan for the younger guys or adding guys to the 40 man before its necessary. Of course, by then, Bray could be healthy or Viola may be ready, but Pettyjohn's decent insurance if the Reds make a deal that thins the ranks a bit.

princeton
04-22-2009, 07:43 AM
With Bray hurting, Rhodes being worked to death and Herrera too unconventional to be a loogy, their may be a role for a guy like Pettyjohn to eat some innngs from the left side in the Reds pen.

ugh.

I'm sure that the Reds have a LOT more hope for Pedro Viola than Pettyjohn. Me, I'm wondering if Matt Maloney might not be the guy. Long ball would be the issue there.

mth123
04-22-2009, 08:07 AM
ugh.

I'm sure that the Reds have a LOT more hope for Pedro Viola than Pettyjohn. Me, I'm wondering if Matt Maloney might not be the guy. Long ball would be the issue there.

I prefer Viola as well, but they may want to keep him in AAA all year and not add him to the 40 man and burn an option. As for Maloney, I'd give him a look, but I seem to remember something in Spring Training about him not being able to warm up quickly enough to pitch from the pen. I could be wrong about that. Personally, I think Maloney along with Stubbs and maybe Bray should be the package they start out with when they go shopping for help. Others can be added or substituted as needed,

crazyredfan40
04-22-2009, 08:52 AM
I went to the Bats/Clippers game last night...

Bailey was hovering right around 93/94 for the first 5 innings, which in a crappy weather game, 45 degrees and rain is pretty good...In the 6th he reached down and was hitting 96 with consistency...

He sprayed out 6 hits, but only 1 of them was hit hard, and that was a linedrive single by David Delucci...

The reason for the walks, was because he was pitching very careful and around Laporta...He went full count both times I believe and then was hoping he would chase something...

the other hits were all the ground thru the infield...the rbi single in the second was a ball that should of been a routine out, but for whatever reason Valaika was playing for the guy to hit up the middle and he hit right where the SS normally would be...

The best part was that he was missing bats...Guys were swinging and missing on the k's not just great pitches...His curve was hitting spots, and it was probably hard to get a grip on it with the weather and the cold...and his change or whatever that comes in about 86 was on and off...

Overall I walked away happy...Considering he is more of a warm weather pitcher and the bats have a very good hitting ballclub...

Not really much else to report...Rosales is still stinging the ball...Even the double play he hit into was scorched...

Dorn is struggling seeing the ball, swinging at some bat pitches...

Valaika is struggling too...

lollipopcurve
04-22-2009, 09:21 AM
I went to the Bats/Clippers game last night...

Bailey was hovering right around 93/94 for the first 5 innings, which in a crappy weather game, 45 degrees and rain is pretty good...In the 6th he reached down and was hitting 96 with consistency...

He sprayed out 6 hits, but only 1 of them was hit hard, and that was a linedrive single by David Delucci...

The reason for the walks, was because he was pitching very careful and around Laporta...He went full count both times I believe and then was hoping he would chase something...

the other hits were all the ground thru the infield...the rbi single in the second was a ball that should of been a routine out, but for whatever reason Valaika was playing for the guy to hit up the middle and he hit right where the SS normally would be...

The best part was that he was missing bats...Guys were swinging and missing on the k's not just great pitches...His curve was hitting spots, and it was probably hard to get a grip on it with the weather and the cold...and his change or whatever that comes in about 86 was on and off...

Overall I walked away happy...Considering he is more of a warm weather pitcher and the bats have a very good hitting ballclub...

Not really much else to report...Rosales is still stinging the ball...Even the double play he hit into was scorched...

Dorn is struggling seeing the ball, swinging at some bat pitches...

Valaika is struggling too...

Nice report -- thanks. Always love the first-hand observations. It's interesting they have Bailey and Owings lined up on the same day now, but that could be coincidence, too.